Honoring Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. As a reminder the President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in the confederacy two and half years earlier on January 1, 1863. In…

Getting to Know My Grandfather – Part 6

If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, then you know that the biggest challenge in my genealogy journey has been researching my paternal grandfather, Booker Mays. I have written about my triumphs and defeats when it comes to my research of him. I must admit I have had more defeats…

One of My Blog Posts Is the #2 Result on Google

The last 18 months for me have been very difficult. They have been hard for my personal life, for my research, and my blog. My father passed away last November (click HERE to read more), and the six months leading up to his death were stressful to say the least. The months following his death…

Genealogy Tuesdays

In an effort to make time for my research, which is something I haven’t done consistently in the past 18 months, I’m going to set aside time every Tuesday after work for my research. I’m calling it ‘Genealogy Tuesdays’. A few years ago my son had tutoring on Tuesdays at the library after school. While…

Do You Use Ancestry Card Catalog?

I have always been a creature of habit. I usually drive the same route to wherever I’m going, I park in the same areas at stores, and I fold clothes in the same order every time. The same can be said for my research style. I sit down at my laptop, open up Ancestry, and…